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Malloy official admits to mistake in Connecticut budget plan

February 26, 2015
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief is apologizing for a mistake in the Democrat’s proposed state budget, which miscalculated whether the plan is below Connecticut’s constitutional cap on state spending. Ben Barnes acknowledged Tuesday Malloy’s budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 exceeds the cap by about $55 million.…

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Bus-only corridor to operate free of charge in first 9 days

February 26, 2015
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NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Central Connecticut’s bus-only corridor will offer free rides to passengers in its first nine days in operation when it begins service March 28. Michael Sanders, the state Department of Transportation’s transit administrator, told The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/1Dp5TtF ) that officials believe that will help give passengers a chance to try out…

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Generators and courtyard upgrades added to MS project

February 26, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER The Middle School Building Committee and construction companies working on the middle school renovation projects are seeking to add generators and courtyard upgrades to the existing projects. The Board of Education has approved the preliminary drawings and specifics for the middle school renovation projects. Now, the  BOE has recommended sending representatives…

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SHS principal leaving the district to become Plymouth superintendent

February 26, 2015
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SHS Principal Martin Semmel has been named as the new Plymouth superintendent.

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER Back-to-back state football championships, a state marching band championship, a nationally-recognized robotics team, and an increase in students taking AP classes are just a few of the accomplishments Southington High School (SHS) principal Martin Semmel is proud to have been a part of. Semmel reflected on the success Southington High School…

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2014 Apple Harvest Festival generated $5,000 for SCS

February 25, 2015
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News - Apple Harvest

After another successful Apple Harvest Festival, members of the Festival Supervisory Committee voted unanimously to donate $5,000 to Southington Community Services. Front, from left, Melissa Ericksen, Victoria Triano, and Denise Lewicki. Back, Dave Lapreay, Tom Lombardi, SCS Director Janet Mellon, Chris Palmieri, Mark Sciota, Judy Miceli.

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Surround Sound 7 tickets are on sale now

February 24, 2015
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The Southington High School music department will present “Surround Sound 7” on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. with a third performance on Sunday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Southington High School auditorium. Surround Sound is a unique musical theater production of choreographed percussion, brass, colorguard, movement and marching…

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Flanders School wins the SOUPER Bowl

February 23, 2015
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Comm - Flanders Soup Drive for SCS

Students at Flanders Elementary had their annual SOUPER Bowl Competition in late January. Volunteers collected over 400 cans of soup for Southington Community Services food pantry. From left, Flanders Principal Patricia Mazzarella, Emily Taylor, Ryan Whitehead, and third grade teacher Kimberly Padroff.

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Viron Rondo Osteria Restaurant joins Southington Chamber

February 23, 2015
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BIZ - CHAMBER - Viron Grand Opening

Viron Rondo Osteria restaurant celebrated its grand opening. Above, Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce officials cut the ceremonial ribbon with Viron staff members during a recent Chamber welcoming celebration. The owner offered samples from his menu and spoke briefly about the importance of chamber membership. The restaurant is located at 1721 Highland Ave, in Cheshire…

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SHS drama club will present ‘Urinetown’ as annual musical

February 21, 2015
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The Southington High School Drama Club has selected the three-time Tony Award winning play “Urinetown” for their annual musical. “Urinetown” is a satirical look at government, freedom, and the conventions of musical theater with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. The play takes place in a desolate future…

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New full service HOCC cancer center slated for May opening

February 20, 2015
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Finishing touches are being made to the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institue at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, above. The facility, located on the border of Plainville and New Britain is expected to open in May.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute at the Hospital of Central Connecticut will be a full outpatient service center for a wide range of cancer patients on the Plainville-New Britain town line. The cancer institute, which will have its grand opening in May, will offer treatment for the four most common…

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